Nigerians’ responsibility to the Development of Road Infrastructure
29 May 2017
Road accidents are major causes of death in Nigeria. A significant amount of the accidents are as a result of bad roads. Although the Federal, State and Local governments annual budget funds for the construction and maintenance of roads in Nigeria, a part of the funds are diverted for the personal use of public officials. The result is the deplorable state of roads in Nigeria.
In 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari approved a 6.06 Trillion Naira (N6,060,677,358,227) “Budget of Change”. According to the Budget office of the Federation, N260,082,997,390 of this amount was allocated to the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing for the Construction of roads. In addition, the Federal Government also allocated the sum of N21,816,546,653 to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for the maintenance of Federal Roads and Bridges. In spite of the funds budgeted for these roads, some of the projects are yet to commence, while those that have commenced are far from being completed. It is our responsibility as citizens to monitor the projects using platforms like FIXourROADS.
Did you know that the sum of 40 billion Naira was budgeted for the rehabilitation of Lagos - Ibadan Road (Section 1: Berger to Sagamu axis), 4.2 billion Naira for the rehabilitation and construction Of Oshegbudu - Oweto Road In Benue State, 10 billion Naira for the Construction Of Oju/Loko Oweto Bridge to link Loko and Oweto communities in Nasarawa and Benue State, 6 billion Naira for the dualisation of Odukpani-Itu - Ikot Ekpene Road in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, 2 billion Naira for the dualisation of Sapele - Agbor - Ewu Road (Section 1: Sapele – Agbor) in Delta State?
The impact of good roads cannot be over-emphasized. Good roads will reduce road accidents, open up farmlands, facilitate easy transportation of goods across the country and reduce the cost of business transactions in Nigeria, which will impact positively on the economy and the overall standard of living.
As we celebrate democracy day, we invite you to upload, share, discuss and monitor the current condition of roads in Nigeria.
Here is a breakdown of some proposed and ongoing road and bridge projects as contained in the 2016 Federal Government budget:
Lajawa-Matsabar Road-Kano South (N100,000,000)
Rijiyar Lemo Layin Kandahar Fagge LGA -Kano State (N49,500,000)
Kofa Junction to Kofa Town, Bebeji Lga-Kano (N60,000,000)
Drainage At Tsamiya Babba Town-Kano State (N22,000,000)
Dawaki Town - Kano State(N90,000,000),
Tambuwal Town - Sokoto State (N50,000,000)
Rehabilitation of Zaria - Danbobo Road (N1,500,000,000)
Rehabilitation of Kafin Mai Yaki - Goduwa - Maraku - Sami Naka Road (N1,500,000,000)
Rehabilitation of Wudil - Kwanar Huguma Road (N750,000,000)
Rehabilitation of Kwanar Garko - Garko - Kibiya Road (N850,000,000)
Rehabilitation of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Section In Sokoto/Kebbi States (N7,154,860,840)
Re-Construction of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Section Ii In Niger State (N1,663,996,759)
Construction of 76km - Balare Ringim Jigawa Border Road (N750,000,000)
Dualisation of Kano-Katsina Road Phase I: Kano Town at Dawana Roundabout to Jibia to Nigeria Border To Niger Republic (N2,601,089,671)
Construction of Kano Western Bye Pass (N3,468,119,561)
Construction of Kaduna Eastern Bypass (N2,427,683,693)